Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station | [Cooperative Extension of Somerset County]

Lawn & Garden

Rutgers Master Gardener Program The Rutgers Master Gardener Program

Rutgers Master Gardeners are unique group of volunteers trained in horticulture by Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel to provide outreach programs to home gardeners in their community.

What do they do? These volunteers learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers.

Where do they work? Through opportunities in and through the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the existing Master Gardener program, newly trained volunteers return 100 hours within 18 months of completing their training to become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified and active in the program, volunteers return 25 hours annually while also attending 10 hours of continuing education each year.

What types of service? Community service includes such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Speaker's Bureau, Horticultural Therapy, Public Outreach Events, and many others.

University service includes volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

Master Gardener Applications and Forms

Please print and return the application, pre-test, and volunteer agreement to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, 310 Milltown Rd. Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

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Contact the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline
March Through October: M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon: 908-526-6293, Ext. 3
Year-Round: Email: